Formula 1, drivers will be rewarded with an extra point for the championship classification in the new season for the fastest race lap. This plan has been approved by the Motorsport World Council at its recent meeting, reported several trade media on Friday. According to the regulation will be implemented from March 17 in Melbourne and ensure more action at the end of the race. Condition for the additional point is that the driver comes in the top ten finish. The move must first be confirmed by the Formula 1 Commission, this is considered safe.
The additional counter for the World Cup was already in the years 1950-1959. In the 1958 season, this title was decisive, as Mike Hawthorn two fastest race laps more than Stirling Moss and he therefore also with one point lead won the World Cup. Last year, the new points system would have had no effect on the World Cup. Lewis Hamilton had 88 points ahead of the overall second Sebastian Vettel. Currently, there are 25 points for the race winner, the second receives 18 points, the third place 15. For tenth place, there is still a championship point. Most recently, almost exclusively the drivers of the top three teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull scored the fastest race lap.
Vettel receives meanwhile in the new Formula 1 season at Ferrari first priority in front of his teammate Charles Leclerc. “Sebastian will be our first driver,” confirmed team boss Mattia Binotto the “mirror”. Vettel is in his fifth year at the Scuderia and finally wants to win his first title with the Italian team. The 21-year-old newcomer Leclerc replaces the Finn Kimi Raikkonen (39). He should internally challenge Vettel stronger and drive to excellence.